PhDs for Women of Color

Resources that will encourage more minority women to pursue doctorates.

Of the 178,547 PhDs conferred in the U.S. in the 2014–2015 school year, only 8,811 were earned by African American women and 6,246 by Hispanic women, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Affordable Colleges Online, an organization that provides community resources and tools related to higher education, wants to improve those numbers. Among its suggestions for institutions: Create “sister circles,” or regular gatherings where these candidates can support each other and talk about their lives; create quality mentoring programs; actively seek to enroll more women of color; and move away from Euro-centric curricula.

The site also provides Q&As with women of color who have attained their PhDs, lists financial aid options available for these candidates, and provides other resources.

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